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Allyson Felix holds her daughter after running the women’s 400-metre dash final at the U.S. Championships athletics meet in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

From motherhood to medals: New research sheds light on postpartum guidelines for returning to sport

While there has been large advances and successes for athlete-mothers and progress since the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, there is still work to be done to improve postpartum care and support.
Activists of the C.I.O Comitato Insostenibili Olimpiadi (Unsustainable Olympics Committee) show a banner in Italian reading: “Milano-Cortina 2026, from the mountains to the city, unsustainable Olympics,” as they march in Milan, northern Italy, on Feb. 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

The treatment of environmental activists at Olympic Games contradicts IOC’s Olympism ideals

Despite the IOC’s optimistic rhetoric, environmental exploitation by host nations, and the suppression of opposition to such exploitation, have remained a troubling feature of the Olympic Games.
A fan cheers for U.S. tennis players in the men’s doubles gold medal match during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano

Fandom usually means tracking your favorite team for years − so why are the Olympics so good at making us root for sports and athletes we tune out most of the time?

Patriotic coverage helps forge the Olympics’ sense of community, weaving viewers’ lives together with athletes’ struggles and triumphs.
Canada women’s national soccer team goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé holds her gold medal from the Tokyo Olympics as she poses for photographs after an announcement in Vancouver on March 16, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The more medals Canadian athletes win, the fewer Canadians participate in organized sport

With the Paris Olympics and Canada’s Future of Sport Commission both to start soon, this is a timely critique of the Canadian sport system.

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